This vivid portrayal of political and social behavior in the Arab states offers new perspectives to the student and scholar of the Middle East. It also illustrates the effectiveness of survey research as an analytical tool for investigating political, social, and economic problems in Arab societies. The only book of its kind—dealing in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary fashion with the political and social behavior of individuals in the Arab world—it fills a gap in the materials available for courses on the Middle East.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Preface -- Affiliations -- Group Affiliations of University Students in the Arab Middle East -- Stability and Change in Group Affiliations of University Students in the Arab Middle East -- Group Affiliations of University Students in the Arab Middle East (Kuwait) -- Group Affiliations of Arab University Students in the United States -- Group Affiliations of Children in the Arab Middle East (Kuwait) -- Family, Religion, and Social Class -- Oil and Social Change in the Gulf -- The Emerging Islamic Order: The Case of Egypt’s Contemporary Islamic Movement -- The Economic Basis of Civil Conflict in Lebanon: A Survey Analysis of Sunnite Muslims -- Socialization and Alienation -- Patterns in Child-Rearing Practices -- Values and Societal Development: Education and Change in Nasser’s Egypt -- Political Socialization in Kuwait: Survey Findings -- Gender and Participant Citizenship: Evidence from Tunisia -- A New Arab Order? -- Rich and Poor in the New Arab Order -- Images of the New Social Order -- Reflections on a New Arab Order
Tawfic E. Farah is president of the Middle East Research Group, Inc., and editor of its publication, Journal of Arab Affairs. He was an assistant professor of political science at Kuwait University (1975-1979), a research fellow at the Center for International and Strategic Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles (1980-1981), and is the recipient of a Fulbright research grant for the study of political culture in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt (1983). He has been a visiting associate professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, every summer since 1978. He is author of Aspects of Consociationalism and Modernization: Lebanon as an Exploratory Test Case (1975) and co-author of Research Methods in the Social Sciences (1977) and the Dictionary of Social Analysis (1980).